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BYZANTINE CHURCHES
its journey to the Mongolian court, and there in due time Maria was wedded to Abaga, the son and successor of Holagu> after the bridegroom had received^ it is saidl Christian baptism.1

FIG. 94.S. MARY OF THE MONGOLS.   INTERIOR.
In 1281 Abaga was poisoned by his brother Achmed32 and Maria deemed it prudent, and doubtless welcome^ after an absence of sixteen years, to return to Constantinople. She appears again in history during the reign of her brother
l,Pachym. ii. pp. 174-75, 2 Muralt, Essai de chronographte byzantine, vol. ii. ad annum.